Category Archives: Birdwatching

Hike-u*

Guadarrama Mountains, Spain, late October. Hiking the forest section of the trail to the peak of Penalara, we stopped to watch as a group of vultures rose up on the thermals. Later I remembered the excellent Wing Beats – a … Continue reading

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Singing Seals and Shifting Sands. An Autumn Day on Blakeney Point.

Blakeney Point: millions of tonnes of sand and shingle slowly pouring from the sea to form a four mile long spit, moving northwards year by year, century by century. *** A little boat full of rain coats, cameras and binoculars. … Continue reading

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Midnight in the reeds.

June 15th, Minsmere, Suffolk.   Walking through Minsmere nature reserve, I found myself alone amongst the reeds at midnight, watching the moon’s reflection sit in the still waters of Island Mere. A light breeze, a few rustles but otherwise complete … Continue reading

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Dawn Chorus, Stiffkey, Norfolk.

Stiffkey, Norfolk. Just after dawn, May 19th. I’m in my tent, woken by the first light glowing through the canvas, and I’m listening to the dawn chorus. I am on the edge of the land, at a place where it … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on one of the Best Walks in Britain,

Google “The Best Walks in Britain.” Maybe you have, perhaps it was how you ended up here. You’ll find planty of suggestions; there are edges to stride along, vallies to descend into and woods to explore. There are circuits, trails, … Continue reading

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A Spring Walk in Cambridgeshire

A Spring Walk in Cambridgeshire. Barton to Shepreth: 6 miles. It’s been the coldest Easter in a hundred years. Signs of spring are few and far between, the natural world seems to have put things on hold as the weather … Continue reading

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Snow storm in a haunted wood

Iken, 654 AD: A holy man named Botolph has been busy constructing a mission in the pagan marshlands of Ikan-Hoo, on the banks of the River Alde. The locals have warned him against it, they know that amongst the mists, … Continue reading

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